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  1. There's just a little over a week remaining to help with our Wounded Warrior Family Adoption project. If you haven't made your donation, yet, please see this link- https://thepatriotwoodworker.com/forums/topic/27849-the-patriot-woodworkers-with-operation-ward-57-adopt-a-wounded-warrior-family-for-the-holidays-2019 Our Patriot Turners- @Woodbutcherbynight posted his first impression of his new Easy Wood Tools chisels. Like most of us, he was duly impressed! Check out the really sweet gobblet handles he made and our members comments- We had a couple of questions this week on lathe purchases. First, @Larry Blighton asked our opinion on the Delta LA200 Midi lathe. He received several comments and suggestions. Check out his post and see if you can add to what the others have said- The second question came from @BillyJack. He also asked our opinion on a Delta lathe. This one was a 1440 Iron Bed. Our members responded with lots of ideas and suggestions. Head on over to his post and give him your thoughts- Member @Ron is back with us and is anxious to get going on his lathe. He's looking for some turning tools and asked us our opinion. We all know I'd recommend starting with Easy Wood Tools ( @Jim from Easy Wood Tools )! How about the rest of you?!? @Ron Altier shared his "turning's jacket" story. Several members added their experiences and what they are currently using. How about the rest of you. Any favorite chip protection clothing?? What’s Coming Up- Continuing with our randomly selected state turning club pick- https://www.swiwt.org/ For The Newbies- Sometimes, after turning a piece, it is necessary to remount it on the lathe. That can be problematic, especially if the tenon/recess has been removed. Cap'n Eddie recently posted a video demonstrating various ways to hold pieces when this happens- Expand Your Horizons- The founder/owner of Spiracraft produces a weekly live production that plays on Facebook. It can later be viewed on YouTube. Bradley McAllister demonstrates various techniques, procedures and equipment. This is the video from this past Monday- New Turning Items- Even though I have dust collection and air filtration in the shop, I have realized I need more dust protection. Just today, I received my new dust mask. I hope it does the trick. I have an older 3M cartridge mask but it doesn't fit under my faceshield. This low profile design shouldn't interfere. One of my concerns was that my hearing aids and the ear straps would not work together. A quick test run seems to eliminate that concern. It is rated N99. https://www.amazon.com/BASE-CAMP-Breathing-Woodworking-Activities/dp/B07RLLCJZF/ref=sr_1_4?crid=SWIM04A15S7O&keywords=base+camp+dust+mask&qid=1576111628&s=hi&sprefix=base+camp%2Ctools%2C184&sr=1-4 Everything Else- The walnut bowls for Christmas presents are done. The finish was one application of mineral oil and then a second application of hot beeswax/mineral oil. Then buffed out. I did make a lid for the larger hollow vessel. Mimi said it looked like a cookie jar for the Keebler elves. Safe turning
  2. Twenty shopping days left until Christmas, just saying... Please don't forget that we are in the midst of our Adopt a Wounded Warrior Family project. We have exceeded our goal!!!! But, if you haven't added your contribution, it will make their Christmas just that much more memorable! Our Patriot Turners- New member @Masonsailor posted an awesome turning that will be part of a larger "Lazy Susan". Check out his post and some of the fabulous comments by our members- @FlGatorwood saved Thanksgiving, at his house, this year. What do you do when you need to mash taters and there's no masher? You make one!!! Check out how he did this in his post- @Bundoman is up to his mask in snowmen! Look at this plethora of little fellows (and ladies)! He received lots of great comments on these turnings- @Ron Altier showed us a new finish for his ornaments. The finish is hardened by sunlight- He explains more in this post- What’s Coming Up- Moving on down the west coast, here's a centrally located turners club- Click on the above image for the link to their web site. For The Newbies- Easy Wood Tools @Jim from Easy Wood Tools in conjunction with Tracey Malady, has a video demonstrating bowl turning using their product. You can see just how "Easy" these tools are to use! Expand Your Horizons- One more sea urchin ornament. This one is a bird house ornament by Mike Peace. New Turning Items- How about a jumbo drive spur!? This one is from Nova. Check out this link for more information- https://www.teknatool.com/product/nova-jumbo-drive-center-sku-9087/ Everything Else- Here's a chance to look at some awesome ornaments and vote for the one you like the most. I've been putting the new lathe through its paces. Continuing to work on Christmas bowls. The inside of each is turned and sanded. Now removing the tenon and finishing up the bottom. One of the turnings is destined to become a lidded vessel. The maple blank is roughed out and affixed to a glue block using a paper joint. Once it is finished, everything will get a mineral oil/beeswax finish. Safe turning
  3. Wishing everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving, tomorrow. Please don't forget that we are in the midst of our Adopt a Wounded Warrior Family project. We still need about $500 to meet our goal. While we are giving thanks for what we have, let us not forget about those who sacrificed so much to provide us with that opportunity. Our Patriot Turners- We have had an outstand running thread this past week from @MountainGaurdian. He is setting up his lathe and turning some really neat projects! There have tons of comments, questions and answers. Naturally, this item caught my eye- Please checkout his turnings and jump into the conversation! Ed, also asked us if we had any suggestions on what he could do with these little items- no smart aleck comments please . They are burls from his pine tree. Check his post and maybe you can offer some suggestions. @HandyDan posted a slick tip in our Woodturning Tips section. Pretty cool idea! What’s Coming Up- Last week we posted a turning club from the state of Washington. Heading south to Oregon- Click on the image for the link to this club. Our friends from Spiracraft have a list of all of the woodworking shows they will be attending in 2020. Here's the link for more information- https://spiracraft.com/the-woodworking-shows/ For The Newbies- Mike peace has a nice video explaining the use of faceplates when turning. Check out his shop made jig for assuring the faceplate is centered over the turning blank- Expand Your Horizons- Well, it's been a week of sea urchin turnings. Using these shells was quite popular some time back. Looks like was goes around, comes around. First, Cindy Drozda shared her two part video for creating an urchin ornament. Ms. Drozda has lots of great tips on preparing the urchin skeleton, as well as making her famous finials. Part 2 is linked from Ms. Drozda's YouTube channel. Not to be outdone, our ol' buddy Tim Yoder also posted his sea urchin ornament. Check out his use of those fabulous Easy Wood Tools! New Turning Items- Ruth Niles' newsletter came this week and I noticed she has added a couple of new items to her inventory. She now has 2 sizes of espresso coffee tampers - 53mm for home coffee makers and 57mm for commercial machines. https://nilesbottlestoppers.com/product/coffee-tamper/ She also has a meat tenderizer that can double as a cookie press! https://nilesbottlestoppers.com/product/meat-tenderizer/ The folks at Woodturners Wonders are running specials thru the month of November. Check out some of their products at- https://woodturnerswonders.com/collections/specials Everything Else- The new lathe is up and running! I've started making Christmas presents from a walnut log. Not sure how old this piece is but it is bone dry. Turned and sanded the outside of each bowl using the faceplate. Now it's reversing the pieces and hollowing them. One of the pieces will have a maple lid with a knob. That one will go to my shop teacher. Some of the bowls have burned accent stripes and textured designs. For Mr. Ostrasky- I was watching Bradley McAllister on monday and he was complimenting the folks at Easy Wood Tools by quickly dispelling the myth that carbide tools can't produce long wooden shavings. It reminded me of something I read on another turning forum about how you can't get smooth surfaces from carbide cutters. This is the surface of the walnut using the Easy Wood R2 negative rake cutter ( @Jim from Easy Wood Tools )- No ripples!! Safe turning
  4. Hard to believe that Thanksgiving is only a week away! I'll be subbing tomorrow so I guess the kids will be getting wound up! You may have noticed the new green banner at the top of the Patriot web pages. Our annual Adopt A Wounded Warrior Family Christmas Drive has started. Each year, we open our hearts and our wallets to make sure a deserving family has a memorable Christmas. Our goal, this year, is $1500 but we are only half way there with just 30 days left to make this their best Christmas ever. To encourage you to donate, our very generous sponsors have provided some awesome prizes. The more you donate, the better your chances of picking up a really fantastic item! Complete details are here- Our Patriot Turners- With the Christmas holidays fast approaching, our turners are cranking out the ornaments! @Ron Altier displayed some of his gorgeous creations for us. Check out the members comments in his post- @HandyDan has been in production mode with his ornaments. Actually I think he must have one of those Star Trek duplicators! Dan tells us how he created this batch of beauties! Dan also posted a great tutorial on how he created the burned lines on his lighthouses. Check out the neat devices he uses to hold the wire! @Woodbutcherbynight posted a super idea for using metal letter/number stamps. His idea is a real "finger saver"! In his post, he explains how he made this neat holder- What’s Coming Up- With winter coming on, not a lot of major shows/symposiums. I thought it might be nice to turn our attention to some of the regional groups/clubs. Click on the above image for the link to this club and some of its' activities. For The Newbies- Turning blank drying can be a crap shoot. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. Three YouTube turners have collaborated to try and see if some of the drying factors can be related to climate/location. Sam Angelo, Mike Peace and Larry Randolf are experimenting and posting their results. First Sam introduces us to the idea- Then Mike Peace adds his input- Expand Your Horizons- We are still seeing lots of hybrid acrylic/wood turnings being produced. Recently, our very generous sponsor- Easy Wood Tools ( @Jim from Easy Wood Tools ) posted a video of a "Dragon Egg" being turned using their new negative rake cutter- New Turning Items- Here's an item that might be the perfect Christmas gift- Click on the image for the link to this product. Everything Else- Cindy Drozda has a new instructional DVD about her "Finial Star". Ms. Drozda, without a doubt, makes some of the most graceful finials anywhere. Safe turning
  5. Beautiful sunny day here in south central Pennsylvania. Even with the sun, the temperatures barely got above freezing. A sure sign winter isn't far away. Our Patriot Turners- @Gerald received quite the honors this week. Not only was one of his turnings selected by the American Association of Woodturners as the turning of the week; they are also publishing one of Gerald's turning tips! We can certainly see why this one was chosen! Here's a link to Gerald's post. Please offer him your congratulations- @John Morris gave us a heads up on a tutorial from Woodcraft Magazine. Woodcraft has a large library of projects submitted by readers. These are made available to everyone. There is a downloadable PDF file available, too. Notice Carl Johnson's use of those great Easy Wood Tools!! What’s Coming Up- It's a little far in the future, but if you are in the Louisville, KY area, keep this date in mind. When more info is available, I'll update the event. For The Newbies- Mike Peace has a two part video demonstrating how to turn a gavel. These can be a welcome gift for anyone involved with public meetings. Making one from a significant piece of wood can make it even more special. The second part is linked from Mike's channel. Expand Your Horizons- A turning conundrum- how to sign you work? Etching pen, woodburning, sharpie? M. Saban-Smith discusses his method in this short video- New Turning Items- I stumbled across this site today. Although the equipment being sold isn't a "new invention", it looks like their take on quality is something to be respected- https://www.theokspindoctor.com/ Everything Else- Over the weekend, I managed to get all of the new lathe pieces from the pickup to the basement. Moe, Larry and Curly would have been proud! Thank goodness for levers, inclined planes and staged lifting. Of course nothing ever goes as planned. Positioning of equipment and storage needed to be re-thought and re-arranged. One of the first things I needed to do was to modify some of my most used jigs to fit onto the larger lathe. This lathe has a 16" swing (old one was 14") and the distance between the ways is wider. I raised the jigs so that they set at the proper elevation to be centered on the horizontal axis of the head/tailstock. I got lucky as I had scraps the exact thickness required. I also did some housekeeping and begrudgingly parted with some old jigs for project that I'll probably never do again- at least until after the garbage goes on Friday. Couldn't wait any longer- It Works! Love how quiet this lathe is!!! Even my old welding shop tool rests fit, although the post could be a little longer. After reading the manual, I believe I'll need to find a more convenient place to plug it in. The electronic speed control is sensitive to voltage surges and Jet recommends unplugging the lathe when not in use. I looked at the price of 3 pole disconnects- a little salty. Safe turning
  6. A beautiful November day here in Pennsylvania. Too bad I'm substituting and can't enjoy it. Our Patriot Turners- @Gerald is working on Christmas presents! He is turning some gorgeous pendants. Checkout Gerald's post and look at the neat chuck he is using- @Pauley is looking for some help finding snowflake patterns or sources. Please head on over to his post and see if you can provide any help- What’s Coming Up- Click on the above image for more information and registration. For The Newbies- Looking for an easy project that will make a really nice gift? Maybe this will give you some ideas- Expand Your Horizons- M. Saban-Smith has an interesting video showing how to embellish your turnings. He demonstrates what the Sorby texturing tool can do. New Turning Items- The folks at Woodturners Wonders have a couple of new sanding disk backer pads Check out these products at- https://woodturnerswonders.com/collections/sanding-pad-holders Everything Else- In @Gerald's post on the offset pendants, he mentioned about making beads as part of the project. Mike Peace has a video on how he does them- Gerald's project of offset turning really has lots of related information this week. Mr. David Reed Smith published an article using offset turning to add Celtic like rings to a turning- The complete article is at- http://davidreedsmith.com/Articles/InlaidRings/InlaidRings.html. Mr. Smith's tutorials are extremely well documented and easy to follow. He also references several other articles on useful jigs. In case you missed it, we added another tip to the Woodturning Tips Forum. You can see it at- @John Morris has made available just about all of the old Woodturning Forum posts. Some great memories from the archives. https://thepatriotwoodworker.com/forums/forum/5-wood-turning-archives/ The Woodturning OnLine newsletter is available at- https://www.woodturningonline.com/index.php?edition=112019. As you are looking through the newsletter, take advantage of the great selection of resources for projects, videos, and tutorials. As I pointed out at the beginning of this week's post, I'm substituting today, Thursday and Friday. Yesterday I received a phone call from the local Jet supplier- So there it sets, in the back of my truck- it's just not fair!! Have to wait until Saturday to begin unpacking and muscling parts to the basement. Safe turning
  7. EDIT- I am posting the Mad Turner's photos as the link to his work doesn't function for anyone but me- Sorry! End of October already! Heavy rains forecast for here tomorrow evening so I guess I'll have to save all that Trick or Treat candy for next year! Our Patriot Turners- New member @Mad turner posted some of his turning in a message. Thought I'd link them here so everyone can get a look at his fabulous work! More images- He also offered to provide the group with information on his methods of drying green woods. Maybe we can convince him to post his techniques in the Woodturning Forum- @Pauley showed us a lidded box that he turned. This one is a beauty. He asked us to critique his work. I personally think the choice of woods was perfect! Here is his post, see what you think and let him know- @Gerald asked us if we had any information/experience with a website called "Squareup". It is a payment processing site. Here's Geralds post and more about why he was asking. Maybe you can give him some help- What’s Coming Up- Tennessee Association of Woodturners 2020 Woodturning Symposium Coming up on January 24 and 25, 2020. Clink on the above image for more information and registration. For The Newbies- I stumbled on to this site from a link on YouTube- "JIM RODGERS ON WOODTURNING". Lots of short videos, information and articles to help the beginning turner. http://www.jlrodgers.com/basics-of-woodturing.html Also Eddie Castelin has the second video up for the Worldwide Turners Club- Expand Your Horizons- Carl Jacobson converted an inexpensive toy into a very nice looking turning, in this video. Notice his use of Easy Wood Tools! New Turning Items- Sorry, couldn't find anything new and interesting for this category. Everything Else- Still waiting on my new lathe. Hope it will be here this weekend. In the meantime I've been cleaning and remaking some of the jigs I use. It's always a pain to set up the calipers for repetitive measurements like tenons and recesses for mounting things on the chuck. I took a hint from a Mike Peace video and made a new jig for my Easy Chuck. 1/4" plexiglass and size for the 2 most used sets of jaws. Safe turning
  8. Posting a little early today before things get busy with company. Our Patriot Turners- @HandyDan has started making Christmas presents for the kids at the Akron Children's Hospital. Dan turns presents every year for the kids there. He is certainly securing his place in heaven! Please check out his post and give him your kudos for his work @Ron Altier asked us how we store our lathe chuck keys. Several of our turners have chimed in with their methods. I think @Jim from Easy Wood Tools probably spoke for most of us! Check out Ron's post and tell us how you do it! @Smallpatch posted a really cool picture of the "Russian Dolls". Those hollow dolls that have those progressively smaller versions stacked inside. We also found a video showing how they are manufactured. Lots of interesting tools and processes in the video Check it out! A couple of years ago, @Gerald started a thread on sandpaper costs. Recently there has been some activity, on that post, that includes information of interest to turners. @Kevin Beitz commented on a different sanding technique. He also asked a question on scraper sharpening. Check out Kevins comments and question and offer any suggestion you may have- What’s Coming Up- For those turners in Florida, mark your calendars for this event- http://floridawoodturningsymposium.com/ For The Newbies- With the holidays fast approaching, here's a spindle type, ornament turning from Mike Peace. This would make a great gift! Expand Your Horizons- I do not have the gift of being able to draw anything (other than flies). Many times I would like to be able to see what a turning would look like before commiting a piece of wood. Here is some software that lets you draw a turning, then view it in any position. The software is free and works on Windows PCs. The software downloaded from- http://www.shapemagic.com/lm/downloads.htm New Turning Items- Not sure how long this has been available. I thought it might be something the turners, who do segmented turnings, would find useful. TiteBond Translucent glue- "TITEBOND TRANSLUCENT WOOD GLUE Titebond Translucent Wood Glue is designed for general household and woodworking projects. It provides a virtually invisible glue line and bonds stronger than the wood. A strong tack and fast speed of set helps reduce clamp time. When dry, this wood glue is unaffected by finishes and sands easily. Also ideal for craft projects, Titebond Translucent is easy to use, non-toxic and cleans up with water. It is specifically designed for wood, particleboard, hardboard, leather, cloth and most other porous materials." Everything Else- Tim Yoder recently added a cool video where he made a lamp from bowling items. Check out Tim's use of our sponsor- Easy Wood Tools- products! Mike Peace has a video demonstrating turning a pendant. What's especially cool about this project is that Mike shows us how to create shop made offset adapters for a scroll chuck. Safe turning
  9. Finally got all unpacked, laundry done, dog washed and settling back into the routine. Our Patriot Turners- @FrederickH wanted to know about turning a burl. Specifically, if it should be turned green or be allowed to dry first. Our turners provided some input but see if you can give him additional information- A while back, @Gerald showed us some crosses he was designing for a group at his church. Gerald has redesigned them some and posted his newer version- @John Morris has added some new woodturning links to the Links Directory. Check them out at- https://thepatriotwoodworker.com/links/category/21-foundations-and-non-profits/ What’s Coming Up- If you are in or around West Harrison, IN this weekend, Check out the this woodturning event! Click on the above image for the link to registration and more information. For The Newbies- Lots of new turners get a "starter set" of traditional tools when they purchase their lathe. Sometimes these sets are part of the lathe package. These starter tools will require sharpening before you start to turn and as you turn. Both Tim Yoder and Carl Jacobson have created sharpening videos. They demonstrate how to sharpen and some of the available equipment to make the task of sharpening easier. Tim Yoder's is in 2 parts. Part 2 is linked from Tim's channel- Carl's is a single part video- Expand Your Horizons- Another way to add interest to your turnings. This particular instance is on a bowl but the method lends itself to most any turning New Turning Items- A few weeks back, @Gerald posted some information about making a lift/moving device for a lathe. If making one isn't your thing, this just might help you out- This is available at- https://boratool.com/catalogsearch/result/?q=bora+pm+900+workbench+caster+kit&amnoroute Everything Else- The Woodturning OnLine newsletter for October is available at- https://www.woodturningonline.com/ I am still latheless but I did order the Jet 1640 EVS. In the meantime, I'm trying to get the workshop ready for the new arrival. The old Delta occupied the same location since it arrived and took the place of the Bridgewood lathe- my first one. Both of these lathes were bench mounted. The Jet will be "free standing" so I needed to make room. The bench the old lathes set on doubled as storage. I need to keep it. I was able to swap positions of some of my equipment. The old lathe's home- The area under the drill press- I was able to swap the lathe bench and the drill press area- Those drawers are filled with tools and hardware. The air compressor and a "new" small cabinet now occupy the empty space left from the where the lathe bench used to set. From the first picture, you can see how I stored my lathe tools. That was OK but when I started learning the benefits of carbide tools and my collection grew; I needed to make a different holder. The carousel worked better but, as you can see, it was mounted to the bench. Need something new for the free standing lathe. Made this wall mounted holder Safe turning
  10. A little different format this week. No lathe and different scenery There were some additional comments and information about @HandyDan's finials. Please see his post for what was said- @Kevin Beitz is looking for a non-typical lathe head stock. Check out his request and see if you may know where he can locate one- @Gene Howe gave me a heads-up on a group that is helping combat veterans thru woodturning. Please checkout this YouTube video and share it with others to help get the word out- Rick Turns posted the September woodturning videos list- It's not too early to start thinking about turning those Christmas ornaments. Here, Sam Angelo does a birdhouse- And, Mike Peace let us know about this ornament contest- Mike Peace also added a video on making a tail stock cone center. These are very useful items especially when turning projects that have drilled/hollowed centers. Safe turning
  11. Looks like I haven't been the most on-the-ball forum host for the last several weeks. I've missed several posts by our turners and for that I apologize. Our Patriot Turners- @Pauley asked our opinions on the Laguna 1216 midi lathe- Check out his post and see if you can offer any help. @Kevin Beitz showed us a beautiful pedestal fruit bowl that incorporated an inside-out turning. Kevin added his picture here- Back in the summer, @RustyFN was working on a vase he was turning from a glued up blank. Somehow, I missed his posting of the finished turning. It really turned out fabulous! Here is the link to the entire thread- @HandyDan is trying his hand at finial making! Looks to me like he has those things mastered!!! Dan explains his work- What’s Coming Up- If you are in or around Louisville, KY this coming summer, Keep an eye out for the AAW symposium. Currently there isn't any registration information that I can find- For The Newbies- The best way to learn to turn is to have someone teach you how to do it. A turning club is the idea environment for this. Unfortunately, not all of us live in an area where this can happen. Cap'n Eddie Castelin is starting an online club for turners. This video goes into more detail. Expand Your Horizons- Acrylic turnings seem to be all the rage right now. Carl Jacobson turns an acrylic sphere, in this video. The information he presents is more about the prep and how the acrylic casting was completed. Check out the use of the Easy Wood Tools products ( @Jim from Easy Wood Tools ) !! New Turning Items- Some of these aren't "new" but the prices are pretty good- Click on the above image for the link to WoodTurners Wonders. Everything Else- I am currently "lathe-less". Sold my old Delta in less than 24 hours. Thanks Craig's List! I'm going to order the Jet 1640 EVS. The local dealer is offering a 15% discount thru October. Some of my jigs will have to be reworked and I'll need a spindle adapter to match up my chuck and shop made items to the new size. The most work will come in the shop rearrangement. I had the Delta bench mounted and the new Jet will have its' own stand. And, of course, I'm gonna have to call in some favors to get it to the basement!!! Before the lathe left, I managed to complete the locust bowl. Because of the shape, I took extra precautions when finishing off the bottom. Strapping tape made sure the thing stayed in place. I used some more of that black CA from StarBond to fill in a void where some of the bark was not quite complete. The finish is mineral oil and then some mineral oil/beeswax paste. Mimi has already decide who will receive it. Safe turning
  12. Can you believe it, September is almost over! It's been a very slow week. Fighting a cold and not feeling like doing much of anything. Our Patriot Turners- Unless I missed it, I didn't find any new posts from our turners this week. What’s Coming Up- TAW 2020 Woodturning Symposium January 24-25, 2020 Marriott Hotel and Convention Center Franklin, TN Featured demonstrators include Cindy Drozda, Eric Lofstrom, Mark St. Leger, and Derek Weidman. Click on the above image for the link more information and registration. For The Newbies- If you are thinking about purchasing carbide tipped turning tools, Mike Peace produced a 2 part video showing them in action, comparing and contrasting them to "traditional" turning tools. Notice he picked the best carbide tool to demonstrate- @Jim from Easy Wood Tools ! Part 1- Part 2- Expand Your Horizons- Carl Jacobson recently turned a wooden vase and then finished it with epoxy. It's an interesting process. Personally, I prefer the look of natural wood- New Turning Items- A couple of weeks ago, we posted a link to a new sharpening system from Woodturners Wonders. Since then, Mike Peace partnered with Ken Rizza (from Woodturners Wonders) to demonstrate the sharpening system. I think I mentioned this product before but I finally had a chance to try some of it for myself. Starbond adhesives has a thick, black CA that is designed to be a crack filler. The locust bowl, shown down the page, had a loose knot with some material missing. I used the new CA to fill the voids and affix the knot. This stuff works great! It cut easily with carbide cutters and stayed in place. Using the new CA isn't much different than using any other CA, however, this thicker stuff dries a little slower so the use of an accelerator is suggested. I also noticed that because of the viscosity, it takes a few moments for the glue to wick down into a crevice. Waiting a moment, before hitting it with accelerator will determine if you need to add more CA to complete filling the voids. You can check it out at- https://www.starbond.com/black-medium-thick-ca-glue-kbl-500.html Everything Else- Way back in the spring I was gifted a couple of pieces of locust. I never had much luck with that wood. Always seemed to crack and check during drying. The first piece I turned to the typical oversized blank and then submerged it in a soap and water solution. From there to a bag of shavings for a couple of days. A total soak/shavings of about a week. The blank stayed virtually round and never cracked or checked. While the first blank was drying, I did the same thing to the second one. Then promptly forgot about it. It's been in the shavings since March. When I pulled it out, this is what I discovered- I scribed a compass circle around the chuck recess. I was amazed at how little it warped. The top did warp more but mostly horizontally- The soap and water technique seems to work much better than just using shavings, alone. Also, it seems the blank left in the shavings the least amount of time (the first blank) had less horizontal warping. That bowl didn't warp even after it was completely turned. I guess most of the stresses had been relaxed by turning it down to a typical wall thickness. Safe turning
  13. Just looking out of the window at the beautiful sunset. Days are getting shorter and the leaves are beginning to show signs of fading. Our Patriot Turners- @Ron Altier glued up some pieces of colored plywood and turned a couple of sweet looking ornaments- Check out his post to see how a simple rearrangement of the pieces creates completely different designs- @Gerald turned some beautiful crosses for a ladies group at his church- Gerald tells us about the group and his turnings in his post- Gerald also gave us more information on a post he did about lathe wheels- Gerald wins this week's gift certificate for a free one year membership to the Patriot Woodworker site. He posted three turning related subjects in one week! He gave us a link to an article on building a Universal Jam Chuck. The article is from Woodcraft Magazine- one of our proud sponsors! What’s Coming Up- The Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts is having a workshop (Gatlinburg, TN October 6 - 12, 2019) that introduces students to 3-point off-axis turning. If you are a wood turner looking for something different and unusual, the world of twisted segmented turning provides unique opportunities to create non-round objects on a lathe. Click on the above image for a link to more information and registration For The Newbies- If you are like me, there were no turning clubs in my area when I began turning. The Internet, for me, was available on a 300 baud modem on a shared telephone line. Videos were out of the question. Well now, at least, fast Internet is available and groups are out there to help the new turner. A well known personality in the turning world, Capt. Eddie Castelin, is creating a website to bring turners of all levels together. The site is currently under development but check out what Capt. Eddie has to say in this video- Here's the website link- http://www.worldwidewoodturners.com/ Expand Your Horizons- Acrylic and acrylic hybrid turnings are becoming all the rage lately. Woodcraft has started stocking Alumilite products including resins and colors. It can be fun to create your own turning blanks or use the casting resins as "fillers". But beware, to have castings free of voids and bubbles can get expensive. Pressure pots, compressors, vacuum chambers and pumps are some of the additional equipment necessary. If you decide to try this, Easy Wood Tools negative rake cutters are the best way to get the smoothest finish @Jim from Easy Wood Tools Recently, Carl Jacobson turned this little jem from an acrylic/carbon fiber blank- New Turning Items- The folks at Woodturners Wonders have redesigned their website. It's easier to navigate. This isn't really a new turning item but rather a novel idea for using a "regular" wood working device. Rick Turns shows us how he uses a woodshop moisture meter to check if his bowl blanks have dried. Watch for his little "drying kiln" in the video- Everything Else- I forgot to put this in last weeks Wednesday's. The Woodturning OnLine newsletter is available at- https://www.woodturningonline.com/index.php?edition=092019. There's a link there to an article on milling trees to turning blanks. A month or so ago, we posted some information on thread chasing on the lathe. Mike Peace has added some more information on that subject but instead of buying the tools, he shows us how to make them using bolts. His trick for tapping a hole is especially cost effective and I can attest that it works great! Safe turning
  14. Remember- Our Patriot Turners- @Gerald is trying out some new coloring techniques. His turning/coloring really creates some interesting designs in the wood! Please head on over to Geralds post and let him know how much you like this piece- Gerald also showed us a round hollow form that his coloring really made the grain of the wood stand out! Gerald explains what he did in his post @HandyDan gave us a really nice set of pictures on how he made his baby rattles- Check out his post to see what all went into making these beauties! @Gene Howe gave us a heads up on a video that should be mandatory viewing for every person who operates a lathe. Thanks Gene. What’s Coming Up- If you are near Provo, Utah, Craft Supplies USA is offering several turning workshops- Click on the above image for the link to more information and registration. Also- Again, clicking on the above image will connect you to more information and registration to this event. For The Newbies- When you start to turn bowls, you generally have two options for obtaining wood. Buy the mostly dried blank or find a freshly cut tree. In either case, unless you turn the bowl from start to finish in one sitting, drying the wood between turnings may be necessary. Rick Turns found a cool and inexpensive way to slow the drying process and reduce the chance of checking and cracking- Expand Your Horizons- Everyone knows I'm a "jig junky". Here's a video showing a shop made jig to use for turning Twisted Boxes. New Turning Items- Last week we displayed a basket weave illusion bowl from @Billy B. If you were interested in trying your hand at this awesome technique, Chef Ware Kits has what you need to get started- Find more on the lits and prices at- https://chefwarekits.com/Basket-Weave-Kits-c9880431 The folks at Woodturners Wonders have a new device to hold your dust collection hose. It is flexible and adjustable! Find out more about it at- https://woodturnerswonders.com/collections/lathe-track/products/trac-vac-flexible-dust-collector Everything Else- Donations- I copied and pasted this from @John Morris. It would be great if each of us turners could help out! "We usually have a fundraiser raffle during the summer to help pay for our community, but my health took a dive this summer, and I never had the time nor the mind to organize our annual summer fundraiser, so we are falling short of our budgetary obligations. We will be very tight. If you are able to donate to our community, a dollar on up, it all helps." If you'd like to donate to our community, please see this page at https://thepatriotwoodworker.com/clients/donations/ I finally put the finish on the little walnut "spaceship"- Turned completely with Easy Wood Tools mini hollowers and their micro detailer ( @Jim from Easy Wood Tools ) Safe turning
  15. Here's hoping those Patriot members, in or near the path of hurricane Dorian, are safe and well. Our Patriot Turners- @Billy B posted information about his latest basket weave illusion. If you haven't seen his work, you MUST head over to his post and see the miracle transformation he does with a piece of maple! To say our turners were impressed is an understatement- What’s Coming Up- The Ohio Valley Woodturning Guild's symposium is October 17-20. Click on the above image for the link to more information and registration. For The Newbies- Turners often would like to sell their pieces but may not always know what route to take. The "Router Forums" has an article that may answer some of those questions. Clicking on the above image will direct you to the article. Easy Wood Tools ( @Jim from Easy Wood Tools ) shared a great video on bowl turning. The Easy Wood turning tools really do make turning a lot easier! Expand Your Horizons- Arguably, Cindy Drozda is the master of finial turning. Her skills at the lathe are reflected in all her work. In this recently posted Youtube video, she demonstrates her skills. Use this link to view the video as it cannot be embedded- https://youtu.be/qL0czX5iQjc If tiny is your thing, check out Tim Yoder's recent post on making goblets! Listen for Tim's endorsement of the Easy Wood Chuck at about 45 seconds into the video! New Turning Items- The folks at Woodturners Wonders are stocking a new sharpening system for lathe tools. The Kodiak Sharpening system, used in conjunction with your grinder, helps make sharpening easier and more accurate. Check it out at- https://woodturnerswonders.com/collections/kodiak-sharpening-systemhttps://woodturnerswonders.com/collections/kodiak-sharpening-system Spiracraft is now stocking pressure pots and vacuum chambers as well as resin casting chemicals and supplies. Check out their new stuff at- https://shop.spiracraft.com/product-category/resin-casting/ Everything Else- Rick turns posted his August update for YouTube woodturning videos. Thank You, Rick! Seems like it has been months since I was able to spend time at the lathe. You may remember my failure as I was practicing a hollow vessel. Failure or re-design opportunity. I hate to give up. The hollow vessel was turning into a small oddly shaped bowl. Maybe I could make a lid! Now, the astute observer will notice that an item that has often been the brunt of jocularity has been replaced. The little bowl has a hat! The outside spiraling was done with a Sorby spiraling tool. The inside spirals were a happy accident using the new Easy Wood Tools mini straight hollower. The little hat needed a top OK, I took it a little farther. I wanted to try something different. The spiral embellishment is covered with copper leaf. The texture telegraphed through the copper but I probably should have cut the spiral a little deeper to provide more definition. I still need to finish the entire piece with a protective coating. Probably clear gloss poly. It was turned completely with Easy Wood Tools- with the exception of the spiral detail. I am calling this piece- "Klaatu Barada Nikto". Safe turning
  16. Just when I thought I saw the light at the end of the tunnel, I realized it was a long freight train heading in my direction... Our Patriot Turners- @Gerald Showed us a hollow form to which he added color. He received lots of questions and compliments about this piece. Please check out his post and see how he did this- @HandyDan shared a really neat design he found. If you have ever struggled with moving you lathe (or any heavy piece of shop equipment) this might just be the ticket. Check Dan's post for additional concepts- Last week's post, from @FlGatorwood, concerning the skew heel vs. toe discussion generated lots more comments. If you missed the post or want to see what others had to say- @Ron Altier gave us a heads up on a really cool video. Lots of turning being shown, as well as other types of woodworking. What’s Coming Up- The Rocky Mountain Woodturning Symposium is coming up! September 13th- 15th. Click on the above image for the link to more information and registration. For The Newbies- @Gerald provided us with a link to a nice sanding disc holder. Check out Gerald's post for the link and some of the comments- If you are thinking about buying a lathe, Mike Peace posted a video that may help you. Expand Your Horizons- Off center turning can create some really interesting shapes. Sam Angelo demonstrates turning a teardrop shape. New Turning Items- If you have a "Work Sharp" machine and wanted to be able to use CBN sharpening wheels, you are in luck!! The folks over a Woodturners Wonders now have just what you've been looking for!!! Two sided discs in various grits. Check them out at- https://woodturnerswonders.com/collections/cbn-discs-for-work-sharp Everything Else- Rick Morris (Rick Turns) recently moved into a new shop. In this video, he shows us that even a new shop can't prevent Edward Murphy's Law from being applied- Safe turning
  17. Our Patriot Turners- @Ron Altier turned a sweet little cup for his Mrs. He glued up several species to create a really neat pattern. Checkout more in Ron's post- @RustyFN Is continuing to work on his vase. He now has the blank completely glued and ready to turn- Rusty gives more information in his ongoing posts- @Pauley turned nature's surprise into a thing of beauty. His red oak bowl developed cracks during drying but Pauley used that to add to the beauty of the turning. Pauley got loads of positive comments in his post- What’s Coming Up- The Southwest Association of Woodturners symposium is this coming weekend (August 23-25, 2019) Click on the above image for more information and registration! For The Newbies- Mike Peace has a couple more videos covering nice mods/accessories to a lathe. You might find these useful. Expand Your Horizons- This past week, I was introduced to a website for turners that showcases a wide variety of turning styles, abilities and subjects. It is free to join and seems pretty easy to navigate. You can find the site at- https://thewows.com/ New Turning Items- Sorry, couldn't come up with anything new this week. Everything Else- Carl Jacobson makes a cute little project. Reminded me of the late 1960's (what I can remember of it). Safe turning
  18. Our Patriot Turners- @FlGatorwood gave us a heads up about a new "OneWay" lathe that can be used while sitting. Several of our turners have devised their own methods of using a lathe in a sitting position. Check out Steve's post for the link to the lathe and some of the comments and ideas our turners offered- By the way, @FlGatorwood is feeling a little under the weather lately, How about we all send him some positive thoughts and good cheer! @Gerald posted a new topic in the turners tip section. If you have considered textured embellishments, check out Gerald's tip- What’s Coming Up- A reminder that the Mid Atlantic Woodturning Symposium is getting closer- Click on the image for a link to the presenters and their rotation! For The Newbies- Your new lathe came with a "knock-out bar". It probably works great for the manufacturer's supplied equipment. However, as you upgrade to newer accessories, you might find the bar leaves a little to be desired. Mike Peace has a nice video on making a better bar- Expand Your Horizons- Tim Yoder has a 2 part video on turning a thin walled Maldrone bowl. The first part of the video is filled with great tips on prepping this special wood (the second part is linked from Tim's YouTube channel)- New Turning Items- Carl Jacobson posted a YouTube video demonstrating some new turning accessories. I think we mentioned the magnetic light a while back but here's your chance to see it in action! Everything Else- The AAW is making available another free download of one of their recent magazine issues. Follow this link for your free download- https://www.woodturner.org/page/FundamentalsSpecialCompIssue Rick Turns has his July woodturning videos list from YouTube available- Safe turning
  19. Our Patriot Turners- @Ron Altier used the heat method to "recolor" the purple heart in his latest ornament. Check out Ron's description in his post- @RustyFN continues to work on the glue-up for the vase he is going to turn- See how Rusty plans to get his blank ready for turning- @Gerald is finally starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel with his collection plates- See more images and what Gerald has accomplished in his continuing post- What’s Coming Up- Click on the above image for the link to more information and registration. For The Newbies- The latest edition of Woodturning OnLine arrived this week. We are placing this here because there is a short, but good, article on selecting a lathe- The lathe article can be located at this site- http://www.yoyospin.com/lathe/ The Newsletter can be found at- https://www.woodturningonline.com/index.php?edition=082019 As always it contains a lot of great information. Expand Your Horizons- A couple of videos from our friends Mike Peace and Carl Jacobson showing us different methods of embellishing our turnings. First, Mike demonstrates how to create a shop made detailing tool. Carl demonstrates the processes of creating a "Basket Weave illusion"- New Turning Items- The folks at Woodturners Wonders have some conversion pads for those PSA sanding discs- Check their site for prices, sizes and additional products- https://woodturnerswonders.com/products/conversion-backer-pad?_pos=1&_sid=bfc7eb061&_ss=r While this isn't a "tool" in the ordinary sense, I thought we'd place it here. This information came in an email and the site looks interesting. If you are thinking of getting recognized and/or selling your turnings, maybe check it out- https://artofturning.com/ Everything Else- When life gets a little overwhelming, turning usually helps relax me. But then again... This little turning was supposed to be more practice with the new Easy Wood Tools ( @Jim from Easy Wood Tools ) mini hollowers. It wasn't the best piece of walnut as it had stress cracks but what the heck. The outside shaped up nicely and the hollowing was going well. I thought "just one more pass"- and... The entrance hole was compromised by some of the small cracks. Even the CA didn't hold. Probably should have just pitched it and chalked it up to learning. After a couple of days, I snuck back down to the shop and decided to play with it a little more- By accident, it ended up with a cool interior design. The pattern was created by using the Easy Wood Tools mini straight hollower. Moved the tool tip a little farther over the tool rest and allowed it to "vibrated" by lessening the downward pressure on the tool rest. It sorta acted like a chatter tool. Not sure what will become of this, maybe add a lid, with a finial, or a pedestal base, or all of those???? Safe turning
  20. Abbreviated edition tonight. Life here has taken an entirely new direction. Our Patriot Turners- @RustyFN showed us the beginnings of a vase he is going to turn. This will be from a glued up blank. Rusty shows us some additional images in his ongoing post- Last week we posted a bowl by @RustyFN. That posted generated lots of discussion on methods of attaching a turning on a chuck. If you missed the follow-ups, here's the entire post- What’s Coming Up- Please join us for the 4th Annual Woodturning symposium on October 4th-6th Click on the above image for the link to more information and registration For The Newbies- Mike Peace has a short video describing how to use a "non-turning" tool to help make duplicating on the lathe a little easier. I have used this idea in the past and it really works! Expand Your Horizons- The AAW has offered a free digital download of Woodturning FUNdamentals. You can get your copy here- https://www.woodturner.org/page/FundamentalsSpecialCompIssue Mike also has a review video of the D_Way beading tool. The tool is available from- https://d-waytools.com/ New Turning Items- Tim Yoder create a beautiful handle for a new stainless steel honey dipper. Everything Else- I did manage to find a couple of minutes to put finish on the little hollow vessel I had turned. The finial was the one I used the spreadsheet formulas to design. Safe turning
  21. The heatwave has finally broken here in south central PA. I guess the grass will start growing again. Our Patriot Turners- @RustyFN turned another beautiful bowl from a glued up blank of several different species. Rusty got lots of great comments about his work and answered questions about his procedure. @gerald has gone organic on us! I think he may have had a flashback to the 60's with these cute mushrooms! He explains his coloring process in this post- And, Gerald, received quite an honor for his turned eggs. He showed us his egg turnings a couple of weeks ago and entered them in his club's challenge and this one came in first. Congrats Gerald! What’s Coming Up- If you are in the Leesburg, VA area, the Makersmiths are having an Introduction to Woodturning. Click on the above image for the link to more information. For The Newbies- Here's a cute little turning project from Tim Yoder. Mostly spindle turning with some woodworking and pyrography thrown in. Expand Your Horizons- @Gerald posted a link to a great tutorial on hollow turning. You can check out his post and find the link here- New Turning Items- Although not a new product, I recently watched Bradley McCalister do a turning. He wore a face shield that incorporated goggles. The design looked like it allows the use of prescription lens and possibly a low profile dust mask. I have not tried this mask. Available from Amazon- https://www.amazon.com/Jackson-Safety-Shield-Protection-Goggle/dp/B000RMF5PQ/ref=pd_lpo_sbs_328_t_2?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=E27R12J12DSZZYVT041H If you are looking for a new lathe light, the folks at Woodturners Wonders have a sale on a nice light at a great price- https://woodturnerswonders.com/collections/outlet-products/products/quasar-magnetic-lamp-factory-second Everything Else- Last week I posted a link to a spreadsheet for helping to get ratio and proportions of a finial. Well, the results of the calculations do make a nicer shaped finial. You have seen this picture before. The finial wasn't very graceful- Using the spreadsheet to determine the lengths and diameters, I turned another one. The shape is a Cindy Drozda design- I like this one a lot better. Side by side- The thing I discovered was that the spreadsheet's starting point is the height of the finial. This can be problematic because all of the other dimensions hinge on that number. If you already have the vessel turned, as I did, and you want a long finial- the base of the finial may end up being larger that the vessel's opening rim. I went back and modified the spreadsheet to calculate the the maximum height of the finial based on the rim diameter. Entering the rim diameter in "cell B17" will calculate the max value of H which then can be entered into "cell B1". The spreadsheet is still located at- https://drive.google.com/file/d/1dZTi9FvkfC9OBwN2VnOnV2MGJVWpKw11/view?usp=sharing Safe turning
  22. Whew, it's been hot and humid! Finally finished up the electronics repair on the old stereo. Maybe now I can get back to turning! Our Patriot Turners- @RustyFN showed us a beautiful bowl he made from maple, cedar and bloodwood. The colors are fantastic together- Rusty received loads of great comments on this one. Read more about this turning in Rusty's post- A couple of weeks ago, @Gerald posted a link to a video on basic woodturning and what we need to know. That post continues to generate comments a questions. If you haven't been following along, here's the complete post- @Ron Altier Created another one of his masterful ornaments! Ron explains how he did the colors/finish in his post- What’s Coming Up- @Jim from Easy Wood Tools reminded us of the Las Vegas AWFS Fair coming up this weekend. If you are in that area, you'll want to stop around the Easy Wood Tools both and meet Carl Jacobson! For The Newbies and Expand Your Horizons- This week I'm combining these two topics. A turner/teacher I've been following, Bradley McCalister, has a Monday morning, live Facebook program. Bradley demonstrates tools, techniques and answers questions on a variety of turning subjects. His presentations last about an hour and are well done. If you have a Facebook account, you can tune in at https://www.facebook.com/spiracraft . Bradley realizes not everyone "does" Facebook. He is also posting the recorded programs on YouTube. Those videos will show up around Thursday of the same week. You can see them at- https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-3H1VnNmaoJClpHYd3pLgw/featured. New Turning Items- We mentioned this item once before but didn't really have anything other than a picture to help describe it. Thanks to a link from a post from the AAW Symposium, here's a very short video showing the light in action. The lights are available from- https://woodturningtoolstore.com/ Woodturners Wonders is having a nice sale on quite a few things. Whole bunch of stuff under $15!! https://woodturnerswonders.com/collections/products-under-15 Everything Else- We posted this earlier but in case you missed it, the latest volume of Woodturning Monthly is available- https://www.woodworkersjournal.com/woodturning-monthly/?utm_medium=email . Lots of projects and techniques. A couple of weeks ago, we linked a video by Tim Yoder, where he made a ring. As a follow-up, Tim has posted a two part video on making a bracelet. The metal parts are available as kits, which Tim mentions. Part 2 is linked from Tim's YouTube channel. My turnings always seem neanderthal and clunky. Every once in a while, I'll get something to come out a little better but that is rare. Lately, while practicing hollow vessels, it has become apparent that graceful lines and proportions may not be my forte. I went searching for some ideas to supplement my lack of natural talent and came across two article. The first was from Cindy Drozda. She discussed her finial turnings and what she felt looked "right". It is obvious she is a born artist. The second article expanded on Ms. Drozda's turnings by using mathematics to explain why her turnings are so pleasing. I am not sure who penned this article but for sure it wasn't me. Math is not my strong suit. http://web.hypersurf.com/~charlie2/Turning/DrozdaOnionFinial/DrozdaOnionFinialProport1.html Anyway, the author discusses, in detail, the various ratio and proportion rules that our brains can interpret as "pleasing". In an artist's mind, this all must happen by instinct. Not me! I know, I'm getting carried away here. From the link, above, I was able to create an Excel spreadsheet to instantly calculate the critical dimensions for turning a finial. The image in the spreadsheet was copied from the article. By entering the overall height of the finished finial in the blue cell, the critical dimensions are calculated and listed. I have not tried applying this to a piece of wood, yet. After it was all done, I wondered, is this more like building a model. Shouldn't art be spontaneous? I'm pretty sure Michelangelo didn't use spreadsheets. Be that as it may, the spreadsheet is available at- https://drive.google.com/file/d/1dZTi9FvkfC9OBwN2VnOnV2MGJVWpKw11/view?usp=sharing if anyone is interested. Safe turning
  23. Hope everyone survived July 4th and @Gerald glad you weren't hurt in the explosion!! Our Patriot Turners- We've had some Christmas ornaments posted this past week! First up was @Ron Altier with another one of his SpectraPly beauties. Ron discusses this piece in his posting- Then just today, @HandyDan showed us some more of his inside-out ornaments with some surprises inside! Check out Dan's post to see how he got those glass centers in there! @Pauley was busy in his shop. Just look at this gorgeous bowl he turned and carved! Pauley tells us how he did this and received heaps of compliments about his piece. Check his post at- About a year ago, we posted a "Tip" in the woodturning forum about sanding on the lathe. That tip generated some discussion and comments this past week. If you missed it, here's the entire thread/discussion- What’s Coming Up- Click on the above image for the link to more information. For The Newbies- Want to try a nice useful project? This one is perfect for some skew practice! Turn a "garden dibble"! This project is from the latest edition of Woodturning OnLine and is by Tom Hintz. The tutorial can be found at- http://www.newwoodworker.com/turning/trndbl.html. The entire newsletter can be read at- https://www.woodturningonline.com/index.php?edition=072019. Check out the article on "Making Money Off Your Craft". Expand Your Horizons- I happened across this video showing a really neat technique for restoring the deep purple color to Purpleheart. I'm not sure if it works on other woods. New Turning Items- Mike Peace reviews a sphere cutting jig in this video- Everything Else- Rick Turns has posted his list of YouTube woodturning videos for the month of June. If you find this list helpful, please leave a comment on Rick's YouTube page I'm sure he will appreciate it. Last week, I posted a laser wall thickness device I was tinkering with. @Gerald asked if I could show it in action. I don't have a video camera (or a tripod to hold my phone) but I did take some stills of using it to hollow a little walnut vessel. I used my Easy Wood Tools mini hollowers. Really glad I bought these ( @Jim from Easy Wood Tools )! Started with a 1/2" hole- With only 2 hands it was kind of difficult to get real action shots. This is what it looked like when inserted into the vessel (needed a clamp to hold it steady) I was pressing the on/off switch manually for this. The tip of the "probe" is articulated so that it can be positioned around a corner. Seems to work pretty good. The overall dimensions were designed around the sizes of EWT mini hollowers. Still needs some refining but overall all, I think it will do what I need. Also turned a finial but it definitely is too clunky. Safe turning
  24. Happy Birthday America!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Our Patriot Turners- We continue to have a great discussion on @Gerald's post on what we need to know to get started turning. If you haven't been following along, please head on over to that post and see what is happening! @Artie has asked a question about turning needs that closely related to Gerald's post. Artie's question generated lots of comments and discussion. Please check out the post and see if you can help out- @Danl found a video, by Richard Raffan, explaining how catches occur. The video concentrates on the skew chisel and the gouge. What’s Coming Up- http://www.turnonchicago.com/ For The Newbies- A follow up to @Danl's post on catches, these video should help the beginner- or any turner- get more comfortable using the skew chisel- This is a seven part series by Ian Robo Robertson. All of the parts can be found at- https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCeV9fORSV0QAc-25uxshDPw Mike Peace developed a nice little video illustrating a jig to size tenons. These little jigs really speed up the tenon prep- Expand Your Horizons- Tired of turning spindles and bowls? Check out this neat item from Tim Yoder! New Turning Items- @Steve Krumanaker uses pyrography to embellish the bottom of his bowls. Robert Sorby has partnered with Peter Child in releasing this new pyrography machine. This pyrography system supports two lightweight pens. The pens heat up from cold in two seconds. Pen tips can be purchased or homemade. Making homemade tips is easy using nickel chromium wire. The unit is available from Amazon. Everything Else- I really need to get back to the lathe. So many interruptions and people calling wanting things done. Off and on I have been playing with an idea to help me improve the wall thickness consistency of my hollow turnings. I've made a few "wire" type thickness gauges and they work for part of the turning sides. But inside, around the neck, it is difficult to get a measurement. Of course there must be a simple, easy to use device but... Don't laugh! I'm not a metal worker. My metal-working tools consist of a hacksaw and a file. The "device" is a fully adjustable laser indicator. The laser is one of those "pet lasers" that uses 3 batteries. I calculated that a 5v USB charges could be used to power the laser if I added a silicon diode (1N4000 series) in series with one of the USB power leads, The diode drops just enough voltage to safely power the laser. Mounted the laser on a sliding holder. Articulated the measuring end to get around corners. In action Made mostly of aluminum and brass except for the articulated arm which is steel key stock. Sliding parts fixed with thumb screws. I should have bypassed the on-off switch but I can loosen the clamp, holding the laser, and slide it down under the clamp. Safe turning
  25. Been a crazy week but I did get a little time in the shop. Our Patriot turners have been busy, too! Our Patriot Turners- @Ron Altier posted another of his fantastic ornaments! That SpectraPly really creates some interesting patterns You can read more about this turning in Ron's post at- Ron asked us if anyone experienced allergic reactions to the colored plywood similar to what he uses for his ornaments. He received lots of comments. Please check his post and see if you can add anything to the discussion- Ron is our big winner, this week, for the number of posts! Look at this beautiful mallet he made! In his post, Ron asked our opinion on finishing it out. What do you think he should do? @Gerald is diligently pursuing the finished collection plates. His prototypes have received the final OK and he has been harvesting more pecan to complete the order. Seems like the good Lord has been testing him all along the way. Gerald posted more images of his latest field trip- What’s Coming Up- Just a reminder that our friends and generous sponsor Easy Wood Tools ( @Jim from Easy Wood Tools ) will be hosting the AAW symposium in Raleigh NC! Registration and more information is at- https://www.woodturner.org/page/2019RaleighRegistration?fbclid=IwAR2fABpt-SdloXyvmOSybeo7pzPt0IvOo1qqJaXfsetNFiGJPm8pOsWU83Y For The Newbies- Looking for a simple project that would make a nice gift for anyone with a kitchen? Mike peace has a video that may be the answer. Expand Your Horizons- Here's an idea from Carl Jacobson. A bowling ball into a bowl, but, why not take it one step further and make it a "Yarn Bowl"! It would be a really cool gift for that person who knits! Designed around the hole locations should make cutting the slot fairly simple! Notice Carl's use of the Easy Wood Tools during the turning process. New Turning Items- The folks at Woodturners Wonders have sanding discs on sale- Check it out at- https://woodturnerswonders.com/collections/sanding-disc-sample-packs You can also find the newer "green" sanding disks there, too- Everything Else- I know I should have chucked it in the trash can after sanding thru the neck but what the heck! This was made from spalted maple and hollowed with the Easy Wood Tools mini hollowers thru a 1/2" hole. The finial is ebonized maple using India ink. Rattle can gloss lacquer finish. Safe turning
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